Weekly Poker Roundup: March 19, 2017
Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale
If you are reading a poker news article, there is a good chance you have heard of Cate Hall, the 2016 GPI Female poker Player of the Year. You have likely not heard of Mike Dentale. The two poker players, though, will be receiving most of the attention of the poker world on Sunday as they square off in a “grudge” match at the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia.
Their grudge goes back to December, when Hall made a bad read at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, calling off most of her chips on a four-bet pre-flop with just A-T. She admitted as much on Twitter shortly thereafter, saying based on her read and the pot odds, she thought it was the right play. Dentale, though, laid into her, calling her “clueless.”
At that point, the two went back and forth, insulting each other, cursing at each other, the works. Hall challenged Dentale to a heads-up match, which eventually led to what will happen tomorrow. It will be a best-of-three heads-up Sit-and-Go, with blinds at $75/$150 throughout and each player starting with $15,000. The proceedings will be streamed on Twitch and filmed for Poker Night in America.
Mike Del Vecchio Wins WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event
Mike Del Vecchio started with the final table chip lead and won the WPT Rolling Thunder $3,500 Main Event this past week, his first-ever World Poker Tour title. He also nabbed his career best cash, earning $284,638, which doubled his lifetime live tournament winnings.
Getting choked up when speaking with WPT.com after his victory, Del Vecchio said, ““I’m just so overcome. Ten years of blood, sweat, and tears – I always dreamed of something like this.”
Del Vecchio didn’t even plan on playing, but one of his best friends, former WPT Borgata Poker Open champ and WSOP Main Event runner-up, Jesse Sylvia, encouraged him to do so.
“I was joking with my friends that this was probably one of the toughest WPT final tables I’ve ever seen. It means a lot to win. It feels really good, this feels really good. I definitely ran really hot the whole tournament and stuff like that, but it feels validating,” he said.
He’s right about the challenge of the final table. Del Vecchio beat Sorel Mizzi, Steve Tabb, John Hadley, Olivier Busquet, and Connor Drinan to win.
CPAC Attendees Hated RAWA
Newflash: not everything Sheldon Adelson does has received the support of Conservatives. At the recent 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a conference so conservative that the word “Conservative” should be in all caps and bold-faced, a survey was taken that shows that attendees are overwhelmingly against Adelson’s efforts to ban online poker in the United States.
The survey was developed by the libertarian group Institute for Liberty and based on the results, it doesn’t seem like it was the most unbiased. Sure, we like it when people are against Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), but this is kind of silly. 91 percent of respondents said they are opposed to a federal ban on internet gambling. 88 percent thought RAWA violated the 10th Amendment (states’ rights). Again, these are Conservatives, people who SHOULD be against this sort of thing, but typically aren’t; the vast majority of RAWA support has been from Republicans.
Andrew Langer, President of the Institute for Liberty, said in a press release, “Conservatives see RAWA for what it is – one of the worst forms of crony capitalism in Congress today. RAWA is nothing short of an effort by one of the richest men in the world to ban a form of competition for his brick and mortar casino empire – and everyone knows it.”
Sands Bethlehem Casino Likely to be Sold
According to The Morning Call, the sale of Pennsylvania’s Sands Bethlehem Casino – owned by Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. – is “imminent.” The word is that the sale will be to MGM Resorts International for $1.3 billion. The casino has 25,000 visitors per day.
The Morning Call’s sources have said that Sands Bethlehem CEO Mark Juliano sent an e-mail to employees to say that sale talks were in progress, but, “The sale is not imminent, and there is a lot of work that still needs to be done before a sale is final.”
Analysts say that however the sale is structured, it would likely result in MGM Growth Properties, MGM Resorts’ real estate business unit, being the eventual owner of the casino and then leasing it to MGM Resorts. Whether or not MGM Resorts buys it and then transfers it to MGM Growth or MGM Growth buys it straight-out is a detail that would obviously need to be worked out.
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